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St Lawrence Church has the longest nave (90ft) in the region, is one of only two medieval spires in Northumberland, has mason’s marks identical to some in Durham Cathedral and a small amount of lovely medieval glass. The Church, nestling in the bend of the River Coquet at the opposite end of the village from the Castle, is a real gem for pilgrims, historians, archaeologists and visitors to the beautiful Northumbrian Coast.
Approaching from the south gives the appearance of a 15th century building but passing through the porch with parvais over (room which housed the first school in Warkworth) and crossing the south aisle one is in an almost complete Norman (or for the expert ‘transitional’) church.
There are interesting historical associations with the Percy family the Dukes of Northumberland, and the Castle, mentioned in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 2. The Church was involved in the 1715 Jacobite rebellion when James Stuart, the Old Pretender was proclaimed King in Warkworth and the then Vicar declined to pray for him. John Wesley preached in St Lawrence Church in 1761.
By 1860 however the Church was said to be in a ‘ruinous state’ and a major Restoration and replacement of the nave roof was embarked upon under John Dobson the famous Newcastle Architect. Closer to the present time a further massive programme of Restoration, Stabilisation and improvement of facilities was carried out between 2001 and 2010. See the website http://www.stlawrence-church.org.uk/ for further details and a gallery of pictures. Excellent Church Guide available for sale and online.
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